North Korea launches two short-range missiles off East Coast

North Korean missile size and range comparison. They were believed to have fired two KN-02s, with a range of approx. 6000km.
North Korean missile size and range comparison. They were believed to have fired two KN-02s, with a range of approx. 1000km. Source: BBC News

North Korea have test-fired two short range tactical missiles in the Sea of Japan.

The move was said to be in counter-act joint U.S and South Korean military exercises.

“North Korea test-launched a short-range missile in the East Sea [Sea of Japan] this afternoon, amid the ongoing security crisis on the Korean peninsula following Pyongyang’s third nuclear test last month,” South Korean news outlet Yonhap news said.

Yonhap reported that the North Korean military fired two KN-02 missiles into the Sea of Japan, citing sources from inside the South Korean government, however, experts say it is not a cause of concern. North Korea have test-fired these missiles before on four different occasions. First in  2004. Other launches were detected in 2005, 2006 and 2007. Observers only call for concern is the timing, due to the increased tensions between North Korea and the outside world.

The KN-02 has the shortest range of all the reported North Korean missiles. They are generally launched from the back of SCUD trucks.

(source)

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